Location and general
A small village situated to the east of the Thames, about 6Km
NNW of Oxford and about 2Km SE of Islip.
Formerly also known as Nooke.
The Manor, now Manor Farm (formerly Noke Place)
In 1539 one Henry BRADSHAW purchased the former Westminster
Abbey lands from a certain Michael ASHEFIELD. [Lobel, 1959]
In 1544 a royal grant of the manor was made to Henry
who successively held the posts of Solicitor-General (1540),
Attorney General (1545), and chief baron of the Exchequer (1552). After
his death the family property was eventually divided between
his daughters sisters Christian and Bridget. His widow Joan held Noke
manor until her death. [Lobel, 1959]
In 1576 the late Henry BRADSHAW's grandson,
Thomas WINCHCOMBE, had agreed with Thomas FERMOR and
his wife Briget, Henry's daughter, for the partition of her father's
property. [Lobel, 1959]
1 Nov. 1598 one 'Jane Bradshaw of Nooke, Oxon.' [probably Joan
BRADSHAW], released matters relating to the executorship of the
Thos. FARMER [i.e. FERMOR] to Geo. SHIRLEY of Staunton Harold (
Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office, Records of
the Shirley family, Earls Ferrers. of Stauton Harold, Leicestershire,
In 1599 Joan BRADSHAW died and the manor passed to her
grandson Benedict, son of Christian and Thomas WINCHCOMBE.
In 1623 Benedict WINCHCOMBE died, having settled Noke upon the
son of his sister Mary and her husband William HALL of High Meadow, Coleford, Glos.
That son, Benedict HALL, died childless and left the Manor of Noke on his nephew, Benedict HALL
19 Jul 1726, the Manor of Noke was mentioned as part of the settlement
on the marriage of Lady Benedicta Maria Teresa Viscountess GAGE (only
child of Benedict HALL, late of High Meadow, Gloucestershire, Esqr.,
deceased) and Thomas Viscount GAGE (Gloucestershire
Archives Catalogue, D1677/GG/1138)
The BRADSHAW family
Henry BRADSHAW, possibly the eldest son of William BRADSHAW
Wendover (Bucks.) married Joan (-d.1599). [Lobel, 1959]
He had issue: [Lobel, 1959]
- Benedict who died shortly after his father and whilst
still a minor.
- Christian, who married Thomas WINCHCOMBE of
- Bridget who married first
Henry WHITE and second Thomas FERMOR of Somerton (d. 1580), eldest of
the FERMORs of Tusmore
had issue: [Lobel, 1959]
- Benedict (-d.1623)
- Mary, who married William HALL of High Meadow, Coleford,
In 1584, a settlement dated 10 April 26 Elizabeth was made between
Henry FERRERS and Joan BRADSHAUGH of Noke, Oxon. widow, Benett
WINCHCOMBE of Chalgrove, Oxon. esq. and Randolph HATTON of Holton
[Halton], co. Bucks. gent. This was previous to the marriage of Henry
to Jane WHITE, daughter and co-heiress of Henry WHITE, son of Thomas
WHITE, knight. The property was entailed to the engaged couple and
their sons up to the fourth son in turn, and thereafter to Henry's male
heirs. [Shakespear Centre Library and Archive, DR 3/394]
The HATTON family
The parish registers, summarised online
at the St Giles Church homepage
give the following Hatton details
- 1587 Mr. BANKES=Susan HATTOR [sic]
- 1597 Thomas Heakes=Margery HATTON
- 1611 Jul-30 Richard HATTUN
- 1618 Nov-30 Joan HATTON
- 1620 Dec-24 An HATTON
The St Giles Church web site also list the following other
- 1611, Robert
- 1631, Thomas
In 1625 two women, a HATTON and a DAY,
were fined for nonconformity [Lobel, 1959].
The connection between this village and the FERMOR family suggests that
the HATTON family of Noke may have been related to the HATTON family of
, and Hardwick,
. This appears to be born out by references to HATTON family members in wills.
C. Lowe  notes that the will of Robt BANCKS (dated 6 Nov. 1605),
the Mr. BANKES who married Susan HATTON at Noke on 24 Dec 1587, names
Bennet HATTON of Fritwell as an overseer. Robert BANCKS also mentions
his father in law HATTON, though Lowe has not been able to decipher the
Christian name from the microfilm [Lowe, 2011]. Robert and Susan have a
monument in Islip church. BANCKS daughter, Susan, also left a will,
dated 1610, which mentions the surname HATTON [Lowe, 2011].
the death of Robert BANCKS, his widow Susannah married Henry NORREYS.
Between these two husbands she is said to have born 19 children. The
details for the marriage are "Henry Norreys/Norris of Tidbury
Gloucs. Married to Susan Banckes of Islip. August 3rd 1607 ~
All Saints Oxford" [Lesanne, 2010].
From a posting on RootsWeb by "Jill" of Bournmouth, UK [Jill, 2004], come the following additional references from wills:
- The will of Joan BRADSHAW, dated 1596, mentions:
- Benedict HATTON as a beneficiary;
- Ralph HATTON, as "my chandler" and also as a witness;
- Robert HATTON, as a witness;
- Thomas HATTON as a witness;
- The will of Benedict WINCHCOMBE, dated 1623, mentions:
- Joan HATTON, kinswoman and wife of his servant;
- Thomas HATTON, servant and witness.
10 Feb 1615/16, one Benedict HATTON of Frittwell, Oxon, gent was
involved with Richard FARMER of Somerton [one of the FERMORs of Tusmore
Park] in a bond concerning the Manor or Farm of Walcott in Charlbury,
Oxon [East Sussex Records Office, SAS/PN/1373] On 3 May 1621 one Sir
JENKINSON was described as of Walcott, Oxon, knt. [East Sussex Records
Office, SAS/PN/866]. A later Sir Robert JENKINSON of Walcott, born
c1621 and who became Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas,
married Mary, dau of Sir John BANKES of Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy,
28 September 1582, Joan BRADSHAUGHE, the widow of
Henry BRADSHAUGHE Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, entered into
a settlement with Henry FERRERS of Baddesley Clinton esq., previous to
FERRER’s marriage to Jane WHITE. Jane being Joan’s grandchild (A2A, DR
Ralph HATTON mentioned in the 1596 will of Joan BRADSHAW may be the
same as the Randolph HATTON of Halton, co. Bucks. gent., who entered
into a transaction with her in 1584. One Raphe HATTON, gentleman of
Halton, Bucks, left a will dated 6 Nov 1606 [PROB 11/108]. There is
some suggestion of a Ralph HATTON birth in 1529 in Noke, though no
source is given [Lesanne, 2010]. However, in this Will he mentions
being baptised in Grapenhall, presumably the one near Warrington in
The HALL family
The HALL family of High Meadow, Coleford, Gloucestershire, occupied the Manor of Noke for a period.
- The 1665 Hearth Tax (St
Giles Church Web site)
Beneddict HALL Esq, 24 hearths
Francis HALL, 5 hearths
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
- DR3 (Ferrers family of Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire). Catalogue of Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive. A2A (Access to Archives). Online: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a. Accessed: 1 Dec 2011.
- COLLIER, J, Jack of Newbury (c. 1465-1519/20), URL:http://www.geocities.com/domett2/
- Jill. 2004. "RE: Hatton." Posted 17 Feb 2004. URL:http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/OXFORDSHIRE/2004-02/1077021177. Accessed 1 Aug 2011.
- Lesanne [User Id]. 2010. "Lesanne's
Scavenger Hunt...Everyone Welcome To Join In."
Accessed 1 Aug 2011.
- LOBEL, Mary D. (editor), 'Parishes: Noke', A
History of the County of Oxford: Volume 6 (1959), pp.
accessed: 27 August 2008.
- LOWE, John Christopher. 2011. Personal e-mail correspondence dated 31/07/2011.
- The Parish Church of St Giles, Noke, Oxfordshire, Jan 2008,
URL: http://home.btconnect.com/stgiles_noke/, accessed 16 Oct 2008
- Gloucestershire Archives Catalogue, Access to Archives, URL: http://www.a2a.org.uk